{modern, stylized and urban couture~ san diego county based destination photographer}

Nicole Benitez







I am a Modern Stylized and Urban Couture Photographer based in San Diego {Southern California} and always available for session and wedding travel. Specializing in Modeling Portfolios, Commercial and Editorial Photography, Weddings, Couples, Kids and Seniors.

I love God, cupcakes, handbags, shoes, my family and wine. We recently moved back to California after my husband retired from the Marine Corps and we are living life in the Southern California sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you leave some comment love so I know you were here. oxox


Friday, July 29, 2011

Alice's Mad Hattery... A Bridal Affair || Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer

This project has been in the works for months. Rebekah of A Blissful Nest and I were out to dinner one night talking hopes and dreams and our plans fo rthe next year and I shared that I wanted to do something super fun and outrageous for my next portfolio shoot. {Alice's Mad Hattey} was born over a few margaritas and a fun time with one of my most favorite friends.
Rebekah took my vision and set it on fast forward! She styled the entire location, table and all of extras and with the help of some of our very favorite vendors, it was more than I dared to dream. While I can't share much {although I am dying to!!!} here is a little sneak peek of our models. They were incredible to work with!

A little vendor love {not a complete list, but that will come}:
Event Styling and Planning: A Blissful Nest
Location: Private Residence
Dresses: Bonny Bridal
Headpieces: La Couture Amore
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Lennox and Brooke Lee
Our "Alice".. Can you believe this was her first shoot.. ever??!!

Nicole is insanely gorgeous and those boots!!

Brooke looked insane in this dress {in the best way possible!}! One of my absolute faves!

Holy Hottness!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby Charlotte... 1 month new || San Marcos Newborn and Baby Photographer

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

I met Kate at an open casting call for a Kangacoo Designs shoot earlier in the year. I instantly fell in love with her adorable kiddos that are so super sweet {not to mention gorgeous} and I have been lucky enough to spend time getting to know them all over the last couple of months.
Kate is an incredible woman of God, with a heart bigger than most! Her journey into motherhood and adoption touched my heart when I started following her blog and facebook posts and I fell even more in love with their family!
Baby Charlotte is their newest addition and an absolute doll! Her big sister and brother adore her and are incredible little helpers.
Baby Charlotte's family is the perfect example of God's perfect will for us.
Meet Charlotte...


 I had been wanting a crafting project for a while and came up with the concept for this newborn/ baby prop box. I love how it turned out!

Sweet little smiles

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ever After... Jim and Terry || Balboa Park Photographer

Sometimes words can't even describe people. It's a feeling, a genuine warmth that radiates from their souls, their kind eyes, heartfelt encouragement and love that flows through their every action.
 I can't recall when we first became friends but it feels like forever, just the mention of their names brings a smile to my face. Jim and Terry met and married over 25 years ago and have called the Marine Corps home for most of that time. The Marine Corps has a crazy way of getting in the middle of "life" and this next season is one that will separate them for an extended amount of time.
They said that they have never had professional pictures done, so we headed out to Balboa Park for an afternoon of glorious weather, lots of laughter and too much fun. I am honored that they chose me to be the one to do their session, but I am beyond blessed to call them friends.
Words can't describe Jim and Terry, but it's a feeling, a genuine warmth that radiates from their souls, their kind eyes, heartfelt encouragement and love that flows through their every action that makes you believe in happily ever after.


Seriously??!! You  are both gorgeous!


When they first arrived, Terry pulled out these gorgeous shoes. Umm.. I LOVE THEM!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Calling all Seniors.. Class of 2012 {Summer Special} || Fallbrook and Carlsbad Senior Photographer

We're excited to announce that we are launching a booking special for the
Class of 2012!!!

I love seniors and it's time to celebrate YOU and your final year of high school with a
Senior Model Experience.
Hair, Makeup and a fun exerience to get you all dolled up and showcase who you are!
 {Don't worry boys, we do guy session too.. no hair and makeup required}



Book between now and July 31st for any open session date in August or September for Southern California Clients {late October for my Virginia clients.. email me for dates} and receive $25 off of your session fee {Senior Investment Reg. $300}
and receive an additional  free 11x14 storyboard collage print {with the included 16x20 print} and 15% discount on all orders over $500.












Have a super fun Senior Model Experience with us and show off who you are!

Contact me HERE to book or for questions and availability.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back to School sneak peek... Kait Emerson Designs || {Commercial}

What happens when you mix an amazing designer with 7 gorgeous kids, 1 beautiful model and the cutest Back to School collection ever??... an awesome sneak peek from Kait Emerson Designs.








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Friday, July 22, 2011

Impact on my Heart.. {commercial} || San Diego Kids Modeling Portfolio Photographer

I am a firm believer that people come into your life for a reason and make a huge impact. I have been abundantly blessed with amazing people that have made a huge impact in the way that I live, love and work.
Recently I was asked to shoot for Chicakpee Creations and did a casting for a little girl to model her gorgeous hair pieces. Rory answered the casting and sent pictures of her gorgeous little girl in.
I didn't realize it at the time, but our meeting would be one that would make an impact on my heart. Rory is an amazing woman who's journey to motherhood is one laced with heartbreak, faith and hope {you can read about her world of transracial adoption, natural hair care and everything in between on her blog}. 
Meeting her little blessing and sharing an afternoon with the two of them renewed my own faith in the promises that God has for all of us and that people do come into our lives for a reason.




A HUGE thank you to Chickapee Creations for the amazing hair pieces
Kangacoo Designs for the gorgeous capes
and
Tutulicious for the beautiful pettiskirts to complete our shoot.







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To book a Session or Wedding or for more info, contact me HERE

View my Portfolio HERE

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